Cordillera Blanca 5-6000M

There are plenty of phenomenal snow and ice alpine “mini-expeditions” in the Cordillera Blanca.  Initially most expeditions are supported by donkey, but to get up higher on climbers must go unsupported.  Bad weather, technical climbing, and long routes, all spell for requiring good gear.  I’ve learned the hard way that these peaks can get pretty darn cold!


Updated: April, 2019

Top Layers

  • Icebreaker Sphere LS Hood
  • Ourdoor Research Deviator Hoody
  • Arc’teryx Gamma LT
  • Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Hoody
  • Arc’teryx Alpha IS

Bottom Layers

  • Arc’teryx Beta AR Pants
  • The North Face Expedition Tights


  • La Sportiva G2 SM
  • Smartwool PhD Mountaineering Socks


  • Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Arete Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Baker Mitts (w/ Alti Mitts liners)

Technical Climbing Gear

  • Grivel North Machines
  • Petzl Sarken Crampons
  • CAMP Alp Mountain Harness
  • Black Diamond Vector Helmet
  • Petzl Reverso
  • Petzl Attache Locking Carabiners
  • Petzl Ange S Carabiners
  • Mammut Contact Slings
  • Black Diamond Ice Clippers
  • Grivel Spring Leash
  • 2x Beal Gully 7.3mm 60m Rope
  • 8x Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws
  • 10x Aluminum pickets (available in Huaraz for cheap)

Personal Gear

  • Mountain Hardwear South Col 70
  • Mountain Hardwear Expedition Duffel
  • Julbo Explorer 2.0 Glacier Glasses
  • Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Poles
  • Feathered Friends Lark UL 10
  • Thermarest NeoAir Therm

Tents and stoves are available in Huaraz for rental.  Flying with fuel is not permitted by any airlines.  Canister stoves seem to have compatibility issues with the stoves available in Huaraz for some reason.


  • Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
  • Garmin Fenix 5s
  • Garmin InReach Mini
  • Iridium Extreme